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1. One who has committed a crime; a criminal.
2. A wrongdoer or evildoer.
[Middle English malefactour, from Latin malefactor, from malefacere, to do wrong : male, ill; see mel-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + facere, to do; see dhē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
mal′e·fac′tion (-făk′shən) n.
a criminal; wrongdoer
[C15: via Old French from Latin, from malefacere to do evil]
ˈmaleˌfactress fem n
mal•e•fac•tor(ˈmæl əˌfæk tər)
1. a person who violates the law; criminal.
2. a person who does evil.
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|Noun||1.||malefactor - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime|
blackmailer, extortioner, extortionist - a criminal who extorts money from someone by threatening to expose embarrassing information about them
fugitive from justice, fugitive - someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice
highbinder - a corrupt politician
highjacker, hijacker - someone who uses force to take over a vehicle (especially an airplane) in order to reach an alternative destination
hood, hoodlum, punk, strong-armer, thug, toughie, goon, tough - an aggressive and violent young criminal
abductor, kidnaper, kidnapper, snatcher - someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)
mafioso - a member of the Mafia crime syndicate in the United States
liquidator, manslayer, murderer - a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)
principal - (criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement
racketeer - someone who commits crimes for profit (especially one who obtains money by fraud or extortion)
habitual criminal, recidivist, repeater - someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior)
scofflaw - one who habitually ignores the law and does not answer court summonses
contrabandist, moon curser, moon-curser, runner, smuggler - someone who imports or exports without paying duties
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it